Notre Dame’s quick-growing 2016 recruiting class is adding another familiar name. Rochester defensive end Jamir Jones, brother of starting defensive tackle Jarron Jones, committed to the Irish coaching staff on Tuesday, fresh off receiving his offer. He joins Julian Okwara—brother of Romeo—as younger siblings of Irish players in the 2016 recruiting class.
Jones had early offers from Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, UConn and Boston College. He worked out at Notre Dame’s summer camp before being offered by the Irish staff and made his decision public via Twitter.
“There is no school better than Notre Dame. You get everything at Notre Dame it’s worldwide,” Jones told BlueandGold.com. “My mom is about to start crying.”
At 6’4″ and 220 pounds, Jones isn’t the in the trenches type that his older brother is. And after playing quarterback and tight end for his Aquinas Institute program, Jones will likely start as an outside linebacker or edge rushing defensive end.
It’s worth pointing out the success Kelly has had recruiting younger siblings. After landing the elder Jones and Okwara, that families trusted Notre Dame’s staff with their next son. (If Urban Meyer did that, both Jaylon Smith and Mike Heuerman would be Buckeyes.)
Notre Dame’s recruiting class moves to nine commitments with the addition of Jones, giving the Irish another potential edge rusher in a class that needs to secure multiple options.